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this. dozens of detainees being force fed and fresh claims of sexual abuse by guards at guantanamo bay that's where a hunger strike is now entering its sixth month. as president gathers latin american leaders to condemn what he calls u.s. intimidation tactics threatening to close america's embassy after its jet was refused access to european airspace. and supporters of egypt's ousted president called for more protests after the army's crackdown on the muslim brotherhood is leading to fears the military and islamists will soon clash.
at one pm on friday this is r.t. live from moscow. straight to your top world headlines right now the u.s. government is fighting a legal effort to stop the force feeding of hunger striking detainees at guantanamo bay and lawyers for several prisoners of appeal to a washington court to intervene but the administration says federal judges have no say in what happens at that camp now the mass strike at the notorious u.s. military facility now entering its sixth month nearly two thirds of the inmates have joined in the protest against alleged mistreatment and detention without trial is the largest strike in the camp's eleven year history military doctors are force feeding forty five detainees to try and keep them alive in this highly controversial practice has been condemned all around the world put is still being defended by certain u.s. officials as. now reports. the u. one cost to the u.s. to stop force feeding guantanamo hunger strikers the practice is against
international law and is seen by many as a form of torture and here is one thing first the guards strap the detainee down to a chair like this one then they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit then the nurse snakes the feeding tube into nasal cavity the feeding tube which is roughly the size of a pens incorporates or this or this is not an actual feeding tube but it gives you an idea and this area is very rich in nerve endings and patients report extreme pain during the procedure and the nurse pushes the tube further down the throat creating a tightness that makes breathing difficult at that point patients typically feel pressure on their chest along some say it feels like they were drowning then the staff taped the troop to the detainees nose so that they can bite or swallow it and then two cans of nutritional substances are being funneled through the tube now we wrote to guantanamo and asked whether they use an
anesthetic for this seemingly painful procedure here's the response typically not however it is available if the detainees request that most attorneys prefer to use standard all of oral to lubricate the two us of are trying to make it sound like it's not as bad but here is how one of the detainees a yemeni man somewhere in our g. all house on the bell describes what force feeding actually feels like i will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose i can't describe how painful it is to be force fed this way as it was thrust it made me feel like throwing up i want to do it but i couldn't there was getting in my chest throat and stomach i had never experienced such pain before i would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone we also asked the kuantan official how many detainees resist the procedure and how many give their consent to it and he will. back saying the majority of the detainees report compliantly and do not resist detainees are given
a choice to eat a hot meal drink the liquid new trend or be enthralled fed the detainee see the choice differently take a listen to. when they come to force me into the chair if i refuse to be tied up they call the team so i have no choice either i can exercise my right to protest my detention and be beaten up or i can submit to painful force feeding for most people these detainees are out of sight out of mind as sudden as it is they say physical suffering is the only way to draw the world's attention to their plight and we can't hear their voices but here's what they write i'm doing this because i want to know my destiny i cannot abide not knowing anymore i just hope that because of the pain we are suffering the eyes of the world will once again look to guantanamo before it is too indefinite detention is the worst form of torture respect us or kill us it's your choice the u.s. must take off its mask and kill us the obama administration doesn't want inmates to
die but neither is it in a rush to give the detainees their lives back in washington i'm going to check on now the way the medical personnel are treating detainees virtually amounts to that of malpractise that is the view of dr frank on all of the regime weeks the joint task force for going timetable has written for the cleveland of these people requires truly abusive care and also is it involves the use of medicines which are dangerous they are not allowed to behave like doctors and are compelled by the military hierarchy to behave like jailers. in particular several of them have commented to me through their lawyers that when they are doctors for example to stop the environmental manipulation which leaves them freezing your each week you know you for various disturbance the doctor says
they have no power to do it and as one of them is one of the hunger strikers what is the point of a doctor like right and in the meantime one of the detainees has written a letter to his lawyer claiming he and other inmates are being sexually assaulted by gods or this during full body cavity searches every time they leave or and to their cells a form of god terry holbrooke's he says some staff have been mistreating the detainees and in order to try and get revenge for the attacks of nine eleven korans would be either thrown out of toilet or thrown on the ground or mistreated in some other form and cetera that that happened often and aggressive searches of detainees first and that happened as well if there are motivation behind it i would say that somewhere in the average occasion of the american society we led the soldiers to believe. in abusing detainees it's going to somehow even the score for nine eleven
there are soldiers in the army in the navy air force marines and cetera who think that if they kill an arab they mistreat a muslim if they abuse a detainee it's going to somehow balance the score for nine eleven and it's not really difficult to step back and realize nothing is going to bring those people back to life and amid mounting public and legal pressure barack obama has appointed a new envoy in charge of closing guantanamo bay a cliff at sloan he has already to a prison but made no detail statements on how war when he intends to shut it down meanwhile barack obama's calm under fresh fire for not using his own authority to end the notorious history of good mo as aussies correspondent arena reports. as president i have tried to close gitmo i transferred sixty seven detainees to other countries before congress imposed restrictions to effectively prevent us from either transferring detainees to other countries or imprisoning them here in the
united states. these restrictions make no sense this statement coming from the person many referred to as the most powerful man in the world may sound sincerely frustrated but many believe it has little honesty to it that one has been blocking obvious he's been claiming that he can't do anything but that's simply not true he's operating a droll assassination program claiming he has the power to do that is present the united states and yet somehow he's claiming that he doesn't have the power to close down a military prison and he's the commander in chief of the united states armed forces is not a bit strange the official and most often cited reason for not releasing prisoners even the eighty six cleared of all charges they have no place to go especially the so-called indefinite detainees terror suspects considered too dangerous to read go but impossible to try in either civil or military court largely because the
evidence supporting claims of their terror activity has allegedly been received through torture and interrogation which cannot be used as evidence in court the very existence of these men was shrouded in secrecy with the u.s. officially revealing their identities only several weeks back after they'd been entertainment for years another sign the u.s. isn't really considering shutting down the prison is the amount of money poured into good loam the jail is a record setter dubbed by some as the most expensive jail in history annual cost of the base operation runs at just over one hundred fifty million dollars it means nine hundred thousand dollars per prisoner every year eighteen times the average yearly income of an average american household the latest innovation of the base a fiber optic cable to connect it to the u.s. mainland for the sake of better internet service for military personnel stationed on cuba will set the taxpayers back another forty million should the congress approve it hardly sounds like a necessity if the prison was to be shut down then again there are still those who
believe being held in guantanamo is tantamount to staying at a luxury resort in tropical paradise one of those is the house speaker and the mint opponent of get much closer. i don't know that there's a terrorist treated better anywhere in the world than what's happened one time we've spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a facility that has more comforts than a lot of americans get but those who know what gizmo is like there to differ well maybe they should go and try and you know they think it's such a fantastic place they should try twelve years of indefinite detention and see how much they enjoy it and perhaps force feeding and confinement i mean we know that prison conditions in the united states which has the largest prison population in the whole world a far from ideal we see the force feeding going on at guantanamo bay the solitary confinement the the invasive physical searches of prisoners we have these
journalists you have various other people who are allowed to visit guantanamo bay but they never meet the prisoners they never see the actual conditions that these people are being held and what the prisoners say about why she happens there's probably a lot more accurate since they've been subject to this but this wife claims that guantanamo is just sort of a vacation camp perhaps of its exotic location it remains one of the world's most notorious prisons where people are held without trial for years and the conditions are such that inmates choose to go without food for five months rather than accept the conditions they're being held in. r.t. and i thought i was going to twenty four one of the detainees being force fed. he says the protesters are simply trying to get heard by obama who does have the authority to put an end to the person. they find it very painful they find it very degrading they find it humiliating. they are on hunger strike in order to express themselves in the only way available to them to speak out against certain definite detention many of them are being held in solitary confinement it's become
increasingly difficult for them to communicate with their lawyers they do not want to die that's not the reason why there are now under stripes they want to be heard they want to speak out against their floors. and you want to be either tries or at least president obama himself as the commander in chief of the united states he has the power to stop it we're hoping that he does very soon. now if you can i do try to stay with us throughout the day here on our special coverage of the mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay now reaching the grand mark of one hundred and fifty days . is not a surprise to me that we have problems and one time during a time of budget cuts we spend one hundred fifty million dollars each year to imprison one hundred sixty six people dead more as become a symbol around the world for an america that while it's the rule of law.
live from moscow it's our tea with me rory sushi a latin america has put on a joint show of outrage of what they call the political terrorism by washington leaders met after a number of countries refused to the president of bolivia as jet access to their airspace it was forced to land in austria and searched amid rumors that the u.s. whistleblower edward snowden may well have been on board now latin american leaders echoed president evo morales anger while meeting in bolivia venezuela's leader said it shows how an american elite dominates europe the argentinean president suggested it's odd that morale is plane was diverted by those who usually talk about upholding human rights ecuador's leader said the u.s. is trying to colonize the region and evo morales himself stressed that he will not hesitate to shut down the american diplomatic mission in his country. a little but
you know we will clearly examine it and if it's necessary to close the u.s. embassy in bolivia we do not need the american embassy we don't need their cooperation or diplomatic relations with them while they conspire against us from within our country and from the outside my hand won't shake to close the u.s. embassy we've got dignity we've got sovereignty without the us we're better politically and democratically without the i.m.f. and world bank we're better economically so we do not need them and policy and development specialist pallotta phony he says latin american countries are revolting against what they see the dominance of one global power. the rules of international law have been totally. shaken. i would say since nine hundred eighty nine on. a level that even among the western powers now there is
a situation where someone is more equal than others and the possibility of a sovereign state to adopt decisions regarding the side or protection of a certain individual are completely put aside. to favor the major interests of the center of the imperial system which is washington in this case an investigative reporter dave lindorff he says it's notable how e.u. countries switched from anger at the u.s. over its surveillance program to all of a sudden then complying with washington. it's quite astonishing to me to see how the leaders in europe germany and france and several other countries spoke out angrily at finding out that they were being spied on that their embassies were being spied on in washington that the e.u. offices them selves in europe were being spied on and then all of a sudden they all flat out said first of all they would not grant asylum to snowden
who led them to know all that and then they keep denying this flight that they thought was carrying snowden i think what was happening was the u.s. probably told them about a plane that had snowden on it and didn't bother to tell them that it was a presidential flight. and here closely following the reaction to washington's move across america monitoring the developments in the case of the whistleblower edward snowden of course this ongoing diplomatic spat in the meantime though. he wants the former cia employee given citizenship to save him from his. transit lounge. just a couple of minutes rallying for rights schools of american independence day with demonstrations against the national security agency and the. details. coming up.
live from the russian capital it's the with me rule received and the ousting of mohamed morsi well it's brought mass celebrations to the streets but stabilities you have to follow a day off the egypt's president was toppled the army is widening its crackdown shutting down islamist media and arresting those close to that opposed leader and his muslim brotherhood party is calling for a wave of protests on friday. troops in cairo. had the interim president adly mansour who is the head of the constitutional court sworn in yesterday he made some reassuring sound the nation that he would have been as a technocratic. council to lead the country he even extended
a hand out to mr brotherhood saying they would be included in the map and it's the road map of the future however really we are seeing a seriously divided country we have the supporters of the deposed president who say they are reeling they don't understand what happened they're extremely confused they maintain the president is still the president and they are not backing down on the other hand as you know we had jubilant scenes when the president was ousted just to feel that the army has really listened to their voice and delivered on this i mean while people are worried that the military he's troops on the streets right now are looking for power with lots of people discussing whether or not this is a military coup they're waiting to see if the military will deliver on their promise of this just being a transitional period at the moment people are very nervous and worried about the future egypt this huge divisions of clashes still continuing between supporters and opponents of the former president we don't know where the president is we've got all these arrests happening every day with t.v. channels being shut down leaving brotherhoods so it's very very unstable really on
edge here in egypt so speaking of the supporters they say they feel out loads and they feel targeted by the military and rights groups are responding to this saying they fear that this could be a crackdown on the mission brotherhood which is something that we've seen in the past under hosni mubarak and former presidents when the group was banned this could push them underground and push them to be more violent as they feel that they really backed into a corner to really we're seeing you know quite a lot of tension here in egypt with expected clashes today. i spoke to her show a while ago in the meantime egypt's foreign minister has assured u.s. secretary of state john kerry that the overthrow of mohamed morsy was not a military coup rather the will of the people but war correspondent and columnist eric margolis he doubts that he says the ousting of a legitimate leader has little to do with democratic principles. it is nothing to do with democracy when you've seen the legitimately elected. overthrown.
is i think shameful that in the west you're needers are pussyfooting around. it is not this is an old fashioned military coup the army four hundred forty thousand man. trains were a domestic control. and there'd be egypt's police forces who were. going to remove tories from being your crush this sense street demonstrations so. it's going to be very difficult for the brotherhood to assert itself you can always log on to our website r.t. dot com to get much more news updates and videos let's have a look and see what's waiting for you for this hour right now you can read the story of a teenager who was not only incarcerated but also beaten up for his online posts
find out which remarks landed him in such hot water. and i thought it's getting all excited about a new out of this world discovery that of the existence of space when you have a new phenomenon the details. but our program thousands of rallied across america and abroad against the n.s.a.'s massive global surveillance program the restore the fourth movement initially emerged on social networks and has quickly gained support with its calls to respect the fourth amendment of the bill of rights that ultimately protect citizens against illegal searches and seizures. visited one such protest in new york. on the birthday of america's independence hundreds are taking to the streets in new york city and throughout the country to take part in the restore the force rally this is a campaign that watched last month in the aftermath of edward snowden's revelations about america's call for spying program
a program that has shocked those living in the united states and those living around the world now the restore the fourth game to offer to restore the fourth bill of rights which protects us citizens from on the lawful search and seizure is the purpose of this rally organizers say is to spread awareness and spur political action against unconstitutional spying by the u.s. government press freedom out advocates that we spoke with say that these protests are crucial because mainstream media is not adequately covering the n.s.a. leaks and their importance to everyday citizens i believe that the fourth amendment is being breached by only the government but by the police with search and seizure with the n.s.a. leaks and everything that's been coming out even though they say that there's laws that make everything they do legal it seems like legal gymnastics to me i voted for obama twice i donated twice but i'm tired of the expansion of these programs that
seem to violate our rights everly frighten me that the director of national intelligence lied to congress and i haven't really been any repercussions we're living in the midst of the of the largest. you know on unreasonable search and seizure system we've ever seen in the history of mankind is completely suspicious list search and seizure of our information and that people should be infuriated that this crowd has marched more than kilometers down manhattan with andy here at federal hall where the first congress passed the bill of rights in addition to this event more than five hundred thousand people have signed an online petition stop watching daughter demanding full disclosure of all. and i say programs now although this rally may be over those participating in it say that their campaign is just to get it ready for me our marine up organize our team. and one of the organizers of the rally there new york says current government surveillance is ultimately
undermining the legal values of the country it is necessary for surveillance to occur however the problem with the way that it's being done now is that it is only unconstitutional and i would say that many people feel that way the fourth amendment says the government can search and seize any information without a warrant and although warrants can be issued through the eyes and amendments act they're usually done after the fact after the search has been done and they've had a almost one hundred percent approval rate. swarms after the fact we hope to be able to make those programs constitutional by explicitly prohibiting surveillance of americans without warrants backed by probably probable cause ok let's get into it here one ought to time for the world update now starting with the syrian opposition and the u.n. other western countries to intervene and provide aid to rebel held areas but softer
the fractured coalition met in turkey on thursday to try and elect a new leader of the opposition wants to reassure their backers they can be trusted with more weapons and with the syrian army's recent advances by the west now considering sending even more weapons to the conflict zone despite many fighters being directly linked to al qaeda. to peru but police have been firing tear gas at hundreds of students and civil servants brawling against tougher laws introducing annual assessments for government workers and university professors critics say the reform will cost jobs and jeopardize the independence of universities the president says it will just improve conditions. and south africa's former president nelson mandela is set to be in a critical but stable condition the anti-apartheid hero has been receiving treatment for a severe lung infection he's been hospitalized for nearly four weeks mandela is said to be facing quote impending death but doctors are denying reports the ninety
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